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To treat someone in the same bad way they treat you - synonyms or related words

retaliate

verb

to do something harmful or unpleasant to someone because they have done something harmful or unpleasant to you

pay back

to do something bad to someone because they have done something bad to you

get back at

to do something to hurt or upset someone after they have hurt or upset you

get your own back

to do something bad to someone because they did something bad to you

get/be even (with someone)

to punish or to have punished someone by causing them as much trouble or harm as they have caused you

avenge

verb

formal

to react to something wrong that has been done to you, your family, or your friends by punishing the person who did it

hit back

to deliberately hit someone because they have hit you

in kind

to behave to someone in the same way that they have behaved to you

revenge yourself on someone (for something)/be revenged on someone (for something)

formal

to hurt or punish someone because they have hurt you or someone else

settle an (old) score (with someone)

to do something bad to someone because they did something bad to you

rat tail

a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

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